Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

Apple Seeds iOS 5.1 Beta to Developers

Apple seems to have had a Cyber Monday surprise of its own lined up, releasing iOS 5.1 Beta (build 9B5117b) to developers this evening. We've updated an iPhone 4S...

13 by Brian Klug on 11/28/2011

Understanding Wireless Storage: Kingston Wi-Drive and Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Let me pose a hypothetical situation: say you bought an iPhone or iPad, but cheaped out and got a 16GB model. You’ve got around 10GB worth of music, a...

32 by Vivek Gowri on 11/21/2011

Galaxy Nexus & Ice Cream Sandwich: Initial Performance Analysis

The road to Google's Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is finally nearing its destination. As of yesterday, the Samsung made Galaxy Nexus went on sale in...

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/18/2011

Motorola Mobility Shareholders Vote to Approve Google Merger

Motorola Mobility shareholders have overwhelmingly approved of a potential merger with Google, the next step in the deal that was first announced in August. Ninety-nine percent of all voting...

3 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/18/2011

Qualcomm Announces a Bunch of Krait Based Snapdragon S4 SoCs

In February at MWC, Qualcomm unveiled three SoCs based on its brand new Krait microarchitecture: the single/dual-core MSM8930, dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064. More recently, we dove into...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2011

Adding Vellamo to our Mobile Benchmark Suite - Six Android Phones Tested

For a while now we've been keeping track of mobile browser performance using two relatively popular JavaScript heavy benchmarks that are a regular fixation in our smartphone reviews. If...

82 by Brian Klug on 11/16/2011

BlackBerry London Image Leaked: The First QNX Phone

First reported by The Verge and subsequently confirmed by Boy Genius Report, the first image of BlackBerry's first BBX phone has leaked, and it is a significant departure from...

4 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/15/2011

Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Coming to AOSP

Jean-Baptiste Queru, a software engineer working on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), just confirmed that Android 4.0.1 source is now available. This is the version of Android that...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/14/2011

Samsung and AT&T Announce Galaxy Tab 8.9, Six new LTE Markets

Not to be outdone by Verizon with its LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which we reviewed), Samsung and AT&T today announced that it's introducing an LTE enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9...

9 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2011

Samsung Licenses PowerVR SGX MP from Imagination Technologies

Samsung is a bit of a mobile GPU conoisseur it seems. Its previous flagship, Hummingbird, used a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Its most recent high-end SoC, the Exynos 4210...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/10/2011

Understanding Intel's Android 4.0 x86 Optimizations

Earlier this week Computer World published a story about Intel adding x86 optimizations to the Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android (4.0). The story itself was fine but a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

ARM's Mali-T658 GPU in 2013, Up to 10x Faster than Mali-400

ARM's licensed CPU cores dominate the mobile space. This year the core of choice for high-end smartphones and tablets is ARM's Cortex A9 and late next year it'll be...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

Adobe Kills Mobile Flash Plug-In

Adobe announced via a press release today that it would cease development of the Flash Player for smartphones and tablets, and would shift its focus to HTML5 support for...

40 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/9/2011

NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Launched: Architecture Revealed

Originally announced in February of this year at MWC, NVIDIA is finally officially launching its next-generation SoC. Previously known under the code name Kal-El, the official name is Tegra...

94 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

HTC Rezound Announced:LTE, Beats by Dre and HD SuperLCD on Verizon

We knew this was coming, but HTC still had some surprises in store. The HTC Rezound will hit retail channels for $299 on November 14th. This latest halo phone...

23 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/3/2011

Apple Confirms Battery Life Bug in iOS 5 - Releases iOS 5.0.1 Beta

Since the launch of iOS 5, a number of users have begun reporting decreased battery life on their iDevices, and alongside it have been reports of battery life issues...

26 by Brian Klug on 11/2/2011

Apple iPhone 4S: Thoroughly Reviewed

History loves to repeat itself, and even Apple isn’t immune to the yearly cycle of rumor and release. Leading to each year’s iPhone refresh, excitement, rumors, and hype build...

201 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/31/2011

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid: AT&T's First LTE Phones Launch Nov. 6

As if we didn't have enough phones to review, AT&T, HTC and Samsung announced today the first LTE phones to launch on AT&T's newly rolled out network. The five...

16 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/31/2011

Siri Gets Hacked: Running on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G

When iPhone 4S was announced earlier this month, one of the mightiest features was definitely Apple's new voice control software: Siri. Siri understands normal speech, so you can send...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 10/30/2011

Sony Acquires Sony Ericsson

Sony has released a press statement which announces Sony's purchase of Sony Ericsson. Before today, Sony has owned 50% of Sony Ericsson while Ericsson has held the other 50%...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 10/27/2011

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